Back To 21 Days

Well I’ve been off of being Primal for just over a week and boy oh boy am I regretting it.  I have gained weight and now my weight is 204.6 pounds.  So in the week that I was off I gained 6 pounds…yeah I know, 6 pounds.

Oh and just i case I forgot to post it, I was finally able to fit into regular jeans and not stretch jeans which is wonderful.  The only not so wonderful thing is the fact is that although I could put on a regular pair of jeans and button them up, if I bent over it made breathing difficult.  So I’ve got some serious losing to do in order to make up for what I’ve eaten over the past week.

I’ve had pizza at least 3 times and other stuff that I regretted after I ate them but I didn’t really care at the time.  What a fool I was to think that.

However, there was one constant while I was off of my diet and eating willy nilly; I was constantly having indigestion and my complexion turned bad.  It was embarrassing having pimples at my age, so I’m back to eating right.

 

Breakfast:

Skipped

 

Lunch:

Cranberry/Cheese/Hamburger              1 patty                   13 carbs

 

Dinner:

Cranberry/Cheese/Hamburger            1 patty                    13 carbs

Broccoli                                                         1 cup                          6 carbs

Cocoa Roast Almonds                             1 pkg                          8 carbs

 

Total for day:       40 grams of carbohydrates

 

Well I’m keeping a count of what I eat just to make sure that I’m eating correctly because that is the best way to make myself stay on the diet.  Every time I would forget to count the carbs I would find in the past that I was defeating myself and not eating right.  One thing I’m going to try and keep with is no grain products.  So here we go again only this time I’m hoping to include some exercises since I’m almost completely well.

 

Oh yeah about being sick…. well my allergies are still raising their ugly head but I’m trying my best to keep them under control.  So here’s to being healthier both weight wise and allergy wise.  See ya soon!!

Primal For 21 Days – Day 21 & Conclusion

Well this is the end of my days of dieting for the moment.  I’m taking a day or so off to relax and get a few things done and some shopping for proper food to eat so I can go back to eating primal.  No I’m not giving up at all, taking a day or so and then I will be right back on it.  During this day or so I’m going to be lining up things that I can do eating wise as well as exercise wise because my one draw back on this has been my inability to exercise….no let me take that back, my lack of exercise.  I guess I could have squeezed it in if I really tried but I didn’t make that much of an effort so no one to blame but myself for my end results.

Speaking of results, let me finish up things here on the day after for Day 21 information,

Breakfast:

Egg, Large 2 1
Coffee w/Sweetener/Cream/FV creamer SF/WC SF 1 mug 2
Applewood Bacon – Thick 2 slices 0

Lunch:

Hamburger w/1oz Provolone Cheese/1/6 cup Cranberries 1 12
Salad:Lettuce/Tomato/Mushrooms/Dressing 1 1/2  cup 7.5

Dinner:

Broccoli – Frozen 1 cup 6
Hamburger w/1oz Provolone Cheese/1/6 cup Cranberries 1 12

Day 21 Totals:     40.5 GRAMS OF CARBOHYDRATES

 

Well as you can tell I kept it under 50 and did that for most of my days.

SO THAT IS THE END OF 21 DAYS OF BEING PRIMAL !

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PRIMAL FOR 21 DAYS CONCLUSION:

So what can I say it has been relatively good for most of these 21 days and with a couple of exceptions I was almost always under 50 grams of carbohydrates per day and it showed.

 

Oh yeah, I’ll bet you might want to find out if I lost any weight.  As you remember my weight was 200.9 last week and I was excited to have that and I was hoping to be 200 pounds or less today.  In case you couldn’t tell I did not actually do Day 21 info on day 21 but instead on the day after.

So despite my not exercising and despite my slight flub I nervously stepped on the scale and it said.

198.3 pounds.     So from last week I lost 2.6 pounds this week !!!!!!

 

So I was able to lose a total of 11.4 pounds in 21 days.  Which isn’t too bad considering my lack of exercising and my being sick during the first week and some on the second week.

I’m going to be relaxing for a few days, namely today because I feel like relaxing.  But that does not mean that I will stop.  No I’ll keep on being primal in my eating habits and will do my best to avoid pasta and breads as well as grains, but not for a day or so.  Part of it will be difficult because I’ve got a photography job this weekend and I also will have my weekend at the amusement park for my 5 year anniversary with my company.

I will take these next couple of days to figure out exercises such as bicycle riding which I really like, walking and maybe even doing a little bit of hiking.  If I’m really lucky I will be able to also get some stadium stair climbing going need to make sure I’ve got my days and time planned.

So now I know for sure that eating primal is good for my.  I’ve had several people compliment me on the loss of weight stating that they see it in my face and have also noticed how good my complexion is so this works.

When I start being primal I will make sure I exercise so that I can work some of the fat off while trying to build muscle and it will also allow me to relax and let my mind wander which in turn relaxes the brain and makes my sleep pattern deeper and maybe I’ll get closer to 8 hours of rest.

I’ll talk to you later and keep you apprised of what is happening but for now I’m outta here for work and to try and relax.

Being Primal is just around the corner for me again and I know that things will go as good if not even better when I start up in a couple of days.

 

Until then good eating and may you find something that makes you happy!

Primal For 21 Days – Day 20

Unbelievable, I’ve gone this long with only the slight slip up yesterday.  I hate to say this but all day long I’ve been craving carbs but not from vegetables, from all of the horrible foods that made me so big.  You know, things like pizza, pancakes, peanut butter, pasta.  Heck I haven’t had pasta since late June and the only reason I had it then was because I really didn’t want to pay $28 for a simple hamburger or a steak.  I saw the steak when one of my friends ordered it, It was not very visually appealing.  Ya see my friend who ordered it was from Texas like myself and we both love our steaks and too much was fat and not enough meat.  Now where was I…..oh yeah, so no pasta since then since that was about all that looked appealing on the menu.  Before that, I hadn’t eaten pasta since April.  So for me to crave pasta meant that my system is way out of whack.  So like I said, I’ve been craving carbs almost all day.

Well my brother went home today and after he left I was able to get busy and start preparing for work.  I made tuna salad minus the egg so it was more like tuna/mayo/whole mustard.  Not the best but not the worse.  I ate at about 9:30 and yet when noon came around I was ready to tear open the refrigerator and grab anything to eat.  Unfortunately there are lots of things not good for me because I had to get some stuff for my vegetarian brother who really doesn’t like vegetables too much.

Well I wolfed down lunch and was still hungry and it wasn’t until 20 minutes later that it all hit my stomach and finally I was satisfied.  So the quick moral for that tale is to relax and try to enjoy what you are eating because otherwise you’ll keep on eating even if you’re not hungry.

I even mentioned how I was craving carbs at work and later in the evening one of my co-workers asked how I was doing on my 21 days.  I told him about my slip and he said to keep on going and I said that I was and that tomorrow is the last of my 21 days.  He asked if I was going to stop there or continue with the diet.  I told him that I would stop for a day or two and relax and then I would hop back on it because I feel now I can better dedicate myself to this.

Yes I know that in the past I have been on it and not been very successful but one of the problems that I always experienced when I was on this 21 days before was the fact that I was still having grains in my diet, such as bread although it was a lower carb bread it was still a grain and still kept me craving more grains and I think that is what caused me to fail on previous attempts.  For now things seem to be back under control.  Now it’s time to list what I ate.

 

Breakfast:

Eggs, large                              2                         .73

Coffee w/my stuff               1 mug                2

Bacon – Applewood           2                           0

 

Lunch:

Danon Blueberry Greek Yogurt                        1                    9

Tunafish spread                                                 1/2 cup           0

 

Dinner:

Tunafish salad w/egg                                     1/2 cup              1

Salad Lettuce/Tomato/muschroom/dressing         1 1/2 cup                          7

Cocoa Roasted Almonds                              1 serving            4

 

Day 20 Totals:             23.73 GRAMS OF CARBOHYDRATES

 

Okay so just in case saw that this isn’t in the usual format it is because I’m using a different computer to list this stuff and I don’t have my regular chart to use for the listing so things are a little out of whack….just like me.

 

So another day has gone by with success.  Another wonderful thing happened to me one of the guys said that my complex looks great.  Maybe by next month I will have lost more weight so people will notice the weight loss.  For now I’ll take the compliment about my face.  As for me I can see the weight loss in my face and I’m quite proud of that loss.  So one more day.  I’m positive that I will succeed in keeping to the diet.  Then I’ll take a break and get back on the diet because it really is working only next time around I will need to exercise if I really want to lose.

See you tomorrow.

 

Primal For 21 Days – Day 19 – A Slip

Yea I had a slip up this afternoon and it is driving me crazy.  We (brother #2, my mom and I) went out to eat with brother #4 and his wife at a nice taco house.  Well we sat down and what did I do?  Yep, I started to much on some chips.  I had maybe 3 chips in total but I’m going to count it as 5 chips in total which is weighing in heavy on my part.  After looking it up I see that I ate about 11 grams of carbs for that and am still shocked how quickly I slipped into old eating habits.  So I had a slip up but I’m not going to let that drag me down.  I’ve only got 2 more days and I need to refocus on these last two days.

Well I opened up the carton of eggs and saw that the eggs I’ve been eating had 1 carb per egg, so instead of .3 for each egg it is 1 carb, but I’m not going to go back and correct what I listed simply because it is too much work and I guess you can say that I’m lazy…wait that is why I gained so much weight.  But still too hard for me to go back and fix the listings but those are only on the eggs from the range free vegetarian diet chickens.  So here we go and let’s see what’s happening food wise.

Breakfast:

Egg, Large 2 2
Coffee w/Sweetener/Cream/FV creamer SF/WC SF 1 mug 2
Applewood Bacon – Thick 2 slices 0

Lunch:

Corn Chips – Restaurant Style 5 11
Guacamole 1/4 cup 5
Chicken – Fajita style 1 oz 1

Dinner:

Hamburger Patty w/Provolone Cheese & Bacon 1 0
Green Beans-French Cut w/mushrooms 1 cup 6

 

Snack:

Almonds – Cocoa Roast 36 g 8
Iced Coffee 1 glas 2

 

Day 19 Totals:  37 GRAMS OF CARBOHYDRATES

Well although I’m just now eating my dinner, I have already had one package of almonds and I’m pretty positive that I’m going to be eating a second package.  The chocolate roast on the almonds just puts the almond taste right over the top and kind of makes me feel as if I’m cheating unlike I was doing earlier when munching on the chips.

I also decided that I would rather have my coffee over ice and make it sort of like a little treat for me so it lets me feel as if I’m cheating when I’m not.  So I’m below the 50 mark once again and like I have been for most of these days.  Do I think it will allow me to lose more weight, well not really because I know my body by now and although diet is a large part of it, unless I exercise the weight is not going to come off.

So I’m going to try and exercise on Monday and Tuesday, at least do some walking and maybe then I will feel better about myself and maybe, just maybe it will help me in losing some of my weight.

Now don’t get me wrong, I love my brother but sometimes with him being a vegetarian and us choosing a place that he can eat at sure limits me.  But he has been this way for over 40 years, being a vegetarian in case you couldn’t guess, so I’m living with it.  Heap plenty difficult when I’m also on a very low carb routine.  Oh well, only a few more days and then it will be weigh-in time.  Would you believe that I’m already getting nervous about it?  I know I shouldn’t stress about it but I guess I just want to prove a point to myself if no one else and show that I can do this and despite my two slips I can find ways to eat healthy and chose wisely when I eat.

I will admit that I will probably take a day or so to relax after the 21 days but then I’m going to get back on it and start eating better and doing more to help myself lose this weight.  I guess I’m going to be my own cheerleader because I should not have to rely on anyone else but myself.  Why….well I’m the only one who put the weight on me.  Oh man, oh man, oh man, wish I could have know what would happen to me once I left one city because I was fit and trim and loving the way I looked and feeling great.  Oh well that was the past and now it is time to start looking at how to get close to how I used to feel.

So after tonight……only 2 more days!!!!!!

Primal For 21 Days – Day 18 – I Survived Temptation

Yea for me, I definitely survived a lot of temptation and was very, very happy about managing to do it.

So thankfully I woke up late and guess I really needed the sleep and best of all it was not a allergy meds induced sleep.  I was feeling fine and I can only hope that this keeps up.  Tonight I went to visit with my uncle who is receiving chemo due to cancer in his lungs and he has COPD but that was after we went to the local city Oktoberfest.  But let me tell you why I’m a touch apprehensive and that is because while visiting my uncle I discovered that they have a cat and to make matters worse, the litter box for the stupid cat is in his bedroom.

So something told me to be careful as I sat down in his room which I did and then I saw his wife doing something but I really couldn’t tell what she was doing, until a minute later and I thought that I smelled poop.  I was right because there she was cleaning out the cat litter box that was in my uncle’s bedroom/sitting room and then I saw a cat that started walking towards us.  My mother also noticed it as did brother #2 only he doesn’t know how highly allergic to cats I am, but thankfully she was.  She kept an eye on me to make sure I did my best not to move around and she watched what I touched.  So I sat on a sofa where the cat will usually climb upon which set me on high alert.

Because of the cat it meant that I had to be very careful and not move around very much and she even pointed out when I started scratching my face especially around my eyes.  One look from her reminded me that I was scratching around my eyes which made me stop scratching but I was also very anxious the whole time we were there.  Once I got home I immediately shed my clothes and showered and then swallowed some children’s liquid Benadryl to make sure I don’t start scratching.  So far so good but I guess we will know for sure come the morning.

Oh yeah, so we went to Oktoberfest to hear brother #3 sing and it was okay but it was held in a small facility where the German group regularly meets.  We walked by a booth that was selling potato pancakes.  Brother #2 bought two, one for him and one for my mother.  I managed to escape without any damage to my carb count.  So then I decided to go get a bratwurst and after paying for it I put mustard on it, which still kept me well within my stats.

Once brother #3 and his wife, who was dressed very beautifully in her German clothes, came by the table and offered to buy me a beer.  I passed but once he brought back one for him and one for his wife, I asked to smell it.  He kept on trying to convince me to just take a sip and said that it wouldn’t hurt my diet.  But I resisted and then I asked to smell his wife’s beer which smelled more to my liking and she too offered to let me drink it but I stayed true and passed on sampling any of the beers and all other drinks except diet soda.  It was okay but it was in a very small venue so you didn’t really have to even wander around to see the whole place.  It was small and getting crowded as we were leaving to go visit my uncle.  My brother’s group sang well and as we were leaving a couple asked to join and so I told them to ask my sister-in-law and they said okay and now they have two new friends.  Yippy for them.

Enough chit chat, let’s see what a good job I did to stay within my limits because I’m so damn proud of being able to say the temptation was there but I just passed on what was bad for me.  It should be noted that the bratwurst that I had only had mustard on it, I cut it up in the bun so it wouldn’t slip and slide around in the dish they served it in.  But in the end the bun that had some mustard on it remained whole, I wasn’t even tempted to nibble on it.  So yeah for me especially when you see what I’ve eaten for the day.  Let’s take a look and see how I did.

 

Breakfast:

Skipped

 

Lunch:

Chili Cheese Burger-minus bun 1 3
Coffee w/Sweetener/Cream/FV creamer SF/WC SF on ice 2 mug 4

 

Dinner:

Bratwurst 1 link 1.3

 

Late Snack:

Chili Cheese Burger – minus bun 1 link 3
Green Beans-French Cut w/mushrooms 1 cup 6

 

Totals for Day 18, a day of temptations:   17.3 GRAMS OF CARBOHYDRATES

 

Wow, I’ve been below 50 most of these days and thankfully I have not been feeling as hungry as I imagined I would.  One thing I’ve kept in mind is that including today I only have 3 more days left before I give myself a break and allow myself to eat in a moderate amount and then I will go back to eating primal.  Hopefully I will be able to keep this up and maybe I will be 200 or less pounds come Thursday which will be after my 21 days of being primal and despite having cake last week I keep on thinking about how much easier things were this time around.

So the trick will be for me to allow for some splurges on that day but not to go overboard.  I want to look as if I’ve obviously lost weight by Christmas time when my nieces come in from Africa where she is working, her sister is working in Washington D.C. and my niece who is coming in to see us from her University where she is a senior.  Wow and last but not least I want to show my other niece who is even larger than me that this diet is doable and with a little bit of determination she can survive for 21 days and she too may see a difference.

Only 2 days left.  Thanks for joining me on the ride and we’ve got 2 more days of fun left.

Primal For 21 Days – Day 17 – Late Entry

Well as you can tell this is a late entry, it should have been done on Friday but obviously it was not so now at least I can review everything that I did.  Allow me to say that everything went kind of wonky and my schedule was severely thrown off.  First off my brother came in from out of town on Wednesday evening and in case you didn’t tune into Thursday’s plight well it was busy, busy, busy.  Mowed the lawn for exercise, you remember I using a human powered mower to mow the lawn.

Burned a lot of energy Thursday but there was still lawn to do the next day which was what I did on Friday, day 17 of 21.  Although I didn’t have much to do, it took almost as long because I was busy pulling up weeds that have spread from my neighbors’ yards since they really don’t give a flip about what is growing in their yards.  So stopping to pull up weeds really stretched out my legs which was probably good because the day before I didn’t do any type of stretching and almost twisted my knee which would have been very bad.

Okay so had to let the sun come up more so that the grass would be standing up making it easier for me to mow, did I say easier to mow.  Wow, that’s a fib.  I still had to go back and forth over the grass and unfortunately I got two reminders from my neighbors showing that they are bad dog owners.  They let their dogs out and wander around when the dogs need to take a dump and then the dogs wander back into their yards.  So guess what happened…..yep you guessed it.  I found two very unpleasant surprises buried in the grass and didn’t realize it until I rolled over it with the lawn mower and it was all over the wheels but at least I didn’t step in it.  Lucky for me I guess.

So I mowed the grass, washed away the dog poop, pulled weeds and then the sun got a bit too high in the sky and my time ran out so I had to quit and come in and shower very quickly so I could race downtown to pay my parking ticket.  I thought they closed at 3 but they closed at 4 but either way it got paid.  So yeah now my truck is no longer in danger of having a warrant issued on it.  Yippy my truck is still a law abiding truck, that was the first ticket it and I had been issued and for what….a parking violation.  Oh well the first in 20 years, guess that isn’t too bad.

So ticket paid and I come home and finally managed to get something to eat then went and dried/straightened my hair then we rushed out to catch brother #3’s step-daughter’s football team game.  She is on the dance team and although we were the visiting team and they were playing to the home team side, what we could see of the routine was rather nice.

I was quite proud of myself, I was starving, really starving but when I went down to the concession stand the only thing that I could have was water and diet soda.  So I opted for the soda since I don’t like the bottled water selection and I sit up in the stands and cheer her team on but not even my cheers helped the team as they lost by 11 points.  So we got home and finally I could eat and then I spent the rest of the night bringing brother #2 up to speed on downloading apps on his phone.

Hey cut him some slack, this is the first smart phone that he has gotten and now he is getting good on it and when he returns back home Monday he will be able to show his wife how to use more things on her smart phone.  I know what took him so long to get a smart phone, well he was more concerned with getting his daughters and a young man he helped sponsor and who looks upon my brother as his father, but anyway he has him on the pay plan.  So he changed providers and his bill went from $270 to $125 and so he could afford to get a smart phone for he and his wife.  Any way, so we were up late last night downloading different apps and since I never had a chance to rest after mowing the lawn earlier, well I just went to sleep.  Thus why I’m late in posting this.  I will be late posting the stuff for Day 18, we are going to Octoberfest in our city where my brother will be singing and we are hoping to get something to eat.  Brother #2 is a vegetarian, Brother #3 is singing and brother #4 will hopefully be joining us.

Going to quickly post things because we’re going to go visit my uncle who has lung cancer and then we will probably head out to the Octoberfest.  So maybe I’ll post day 18 later tonight.

 

Breakfast:

Egg, Large 2 0.74
Coffee w/Sweetener/Cream/FV creamer SF/WC SF 1 mug 2

 

Lunch:

Pork-Natural Seasoned Pulled Pork 2/3 cup 4

 

Dinner:

Cheese – Provolone 1 slice 0
Chicken Spread 1/4 cup 0

 

Day 17 totals:   13.48 GRAMS OF CARBOHYDRATES

I managed to get dinner eaten after the football game which was okay if it wasn’t so late at the night then I would have felt better.  So that was what happened yesterday and it was a very busy but fun day.

Primal For 21 Days – Day 16

Well I started good and pretty sure that I did okay today.  Didn’t go out walking but I did mow most of the front yard with a push mower and I mean the one powered by human power, no motor available.  Because I started out early in the morning I had to go over several parts of grass because as the sun rose up in the sky the grass of course followed the sun thus why I had to go over the grass from several different angles.

So that is what I did for exercise and believe me it was quite a work out.  Despite I didn’t go walking I got some exercise today.  Yea for me.

 

Breakfast:

Egg, Large 2 0.76
Applewood Bacon – Thick 2 slices 0
Coffee with Stevia/SF FV Creamer/Cream/SF WC 1 cup 2

 

Lunch:

Chili Cheese Turkey Franks 2 16
Iced Coffee (like my hot coffee only on ice) 1 2

 

Dinner:

Hamburger Patty w/Provolone Cheese & Bacon 1 0
Green Beans-French Cut w/mushrooms 1 cup 6

 

Day 16 Total:  20.76 GRAMS CARBOHYDRATES

 

i know that I’m late in posting this and my apologies but I just kind of forgot.  Believe it or not it is kind of difficult for me to remain focused because I haven’t varied my diet.  So on my days off I’m going to be thinking of something different to eat that will still keep me eating better.

Also I’ve got to get up and go pay my parking ticket and also finish mowing the other part of the lawn.  The really hard part is I’ll be going to a niece’s football game to watch her dance team.  It will be a busy day